The Christian’s Walk

Text: Colossians 1:9-10

Walk in Newness of Life (Romans 6:4)

  • This follows baptism (Romans 6:3-4) — in baptism we become free from sin (Romans 6:17-18)
  • We are to be different than the old self (Romans 6:6) — repentance
  • We are to be different than the world (Romans 12:2) — live by a higher standard

Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)

  • Walk by the Spirit, do not carry out the desire of the flesh — two competing worldviews (Romans 8:6)
  • Deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) — rooted in selfishness & lack of self-control
  • Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) — these are produced as we walk in the Spirit
  • To walk in the Spirit is to walk according to the teachings of the Spirit — the word of God (1 Corinthians 2:10)

Walk in Truth (3 John 4)

  • Close connection between walking in the Spirit and walking in truth — He is “the Spirit of truth” (John 16:13)
  • To do this we must know the truth (John 8:31-32) — only possible by continuing in His word (2 Peter 3:18)
  • Once we know the truth we must obey it (James 1:22)
  • To walk implies continued obedience (3 John 3; Philippians 2:12)

Walk in Wisdom (Ephesians 5:15)

  • Do not walk as unwise men, but as wise — danger in failing to gain wisdom, not learning from our experiences/mistakes in order to improve
  • There are no new challenges to be faced (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10) — learn from the past
  • There are no new temptations to be overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13) — find the way of escape
  • Recognize time is short (Ephesians 5:15-16) — prepare for eternity (2 Peter 3:11,14)

Walk in Love (Ephesians 5:2)

  • We do this as we imitate God and Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2) — God is love (1 John 4:8)
  • Bible love is sacrificial — more than words and emotions (1 John 3:18)
  • We must love others (1 John 4:9-11) and God (John 14:15)
  • If we walk in love we will obey God in all things (John 15:13-14)

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